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Teaching Tool Simulates Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye operations performed, with 1.5 million patients receiving the procedure each year.
Global Eye Doctor Shortage Growing
More than 200,000 ophthalmologists are in practice around the world. However, the number of new eye doctors is not growing at a pace capable of meeting the needs of a large aging population.
Dry Eye Treatment Offers Relief
Dry eyes are commonly treated with eye drops or ointments. For patients with a persistent form of the condition, a brief in-office procedure that requires no recovery is increasing in popularity.
Losing Sight with AMD
As we age, most people both expect and accept that they will not be able to do 100% of the things they could as young bucks. But sadly for many, loss of vision with age is an unwelcome and harsh reality. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss among aging adults and a frequent issue for people over 50. However, with new therapies and research, the tide could be turning for treating this disease. Fine Points According to the National Eye Institute ( NEI ), AMD causes loss of vision by slowly deteriorating the macula, a very sensitive part o...
Pill Bottle Caters to Blind
Taking prescriptions can be tricky for blind and visually impaired individuals who may have difficulty distinguishing one pill bottle from another, plucking capsules from bottles or locating a cap they may have dropped.
Cancer Drug Reaffirmed for Macular Degeneration
A second trial has affirmed that cancer drug Avastin ( bevacizumab ) is an effective cost efficient treatment for patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to blindness.
Viral Infection Linked to Blinding Eye Disease
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in older adults. However, few risk factors for the eye disease have been identified. A viral infection has now been linked to development of AMD.
Seeing Through Sound
A small trial has revealed that sound aids may be helpful in training blind individuals to actually "view," or recognize faces and facial expressions, read words and identify images.
Smarter Way to Dial Up Visual Aid
One of the best kept secrets for aiding individuals with visual impairments may be sitting in your purse or your back pocket. Your smartphone may be a tool that provides more accessibility than you thought.
Prosthetic Retina Restores Vision
Vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be a trying and frustrating experience. However, an interesting option may help some AMD patients regain sight.